GILBERT, Ariz. - Five student-athletes were selected as the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Regional Players of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Regional Player of the Year honors went to Delaware junior forward Greta Nauck (Mid-Atlantic), Connecticut senior forward Charlotte Veitner (Mideast), Boston University junior defender Ally Hammel (Northeast), Virginia senior midfielder Tara Vittese (South) and Louisville senior forward/midfielder Nicole Woods (West).
Vittese claimed her third-straight South Region Player of the Year honor, while Nauck and Veitner both captured repeat awards.
More information on each of the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I Regional Player of the Year winners is included below.
Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year: Greta Nauck, Delaware (Jr., F)
Nauck earns the Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year honor for the second straight season after leading the Blue Hens to the regular-season and tournament title in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). She was also named the CAA Player of the Year and finished the season with 25 goals and six assists for 56 points. Nauck finished second in the nation in goals per game (1.25) and third in points per game (2.80).
Mideast Region Player of the Year: Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut (Sr., F)
Veitner capped her career by leading Connecticut to the national championship with an undefeated season while also topping the NCAA leaderboard in both points (3.64) and goals (1.55) per game. Her 34 goals were nine more than any other player in the nation, and her 80 points were 16 ahead of the next closest competitor. She repeats as the Mideast Region Player of the Year after also winning a second straight Big East Offensive Player of the Year honor. Veitner was named the NCAA Division I Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring both of Connecticut's goals in a 2-1 win over Maryland in the championship on Nov. 19, including the game-winner in the 62nd minute.
Northeast Region Player of the Year: Ally Hammel, Boston University (Jr., D)
The 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Hammel anchored a Terrier defense that allowed just four goals during conference play and posted a 1.59 goals-against average for the season. The junior added two defensive saves and also contributed on the offensive end with 12 points on five goals and two assists. She was selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team and was twice named the league's defensive player of the week.
South Region Player of the Year: Tara Vittese, Virginia (Sr., M)
Vittese claims her third consecutive South Region Player of the Year after also earning a second-straight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year honor. Vittese ranked second in the nation in both goals (1.25) and points (3.20) per game this season, and finished with overall totals of 25 goals and 14 assists for 64 points. Vittese finishes her career with 72 goals and 51 assists for 195 points.
West Region Player of the Year: Nicole Woods, Louisville (Sr., F/M)
Woods tallied six goals and seven assists for the season as she led Louisville to a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She earned both ACC and All-Region recognition for the third year in a row. Woods placed third on her team in both goals and assists and fourth in points.